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Im an hour from the Ocean or an hour from Mountains, Cascade Range. About 2 hours to High Desert. Rivers galore. Protests, Covid, and uncontrolled Wild Fires to boot.
Yeah. I wouldn’t live anywhere else though. This whole country has bountiful beauty and we really ought to regain some focus and take care of this place better, right? Including all of its peoples . I’d say it is time to really take a hard look at what we have here and find a better way to work together. IMHO.
It is all grand and very special stolen land and I am grateful.
Wow....that weather page is bizarre. Still can’t get over the zero UV. But that other pic you posted....yessssss air so much clearer. I have been bringing up your weather here and I see the Tuesday expected rains were moved to thurs-fri. As long as they come. Come on rain!!!!
Did the Vet say that they have seen a lot of the same thing with other patients? Probably so...glad you took her in. Did you come up with her name from the Newlywed Game. LOL. Just wondering...kept thinking...now where have I heard that???? Oh yeah!! It is so weird to go to the vet, now isn’t it??? Sitting in the parking lot. No more getting to chat with vet and vet tech about stuff and say hi to all the other visiting animals. Sigh. I hope that is not a thing of the past.
Tonight wud be a perfect night to swim with super high humidity but we have it tomorrow too so Will swim then. Even tho our cool temps majorly cooled pool down, after I got in the contrast of cold water to high humidity is well..AWESOME!!!
Catching up on news now. Have not heard about Hurricane Sally yet. Tab and Jackson just split a chicken breast I never got around to eating....they are in heaven. I have left over Mexican chicken layered casserole, beans and rice and lemon pound cake from tribe day. (Sorry Eve). Pups all sacked out. Hi to all the pets!!! We are getting quite a list, huh girls? Hugs to all.
What's tribe day? I'm intrigued...
Ewwwwwwwwww Tiny....I want a planetarium that moves around!!! Fort Worth has a movie theatre like that Called the Omni. Very cool....but a planetarium!!,! Love it!! That Led Zepplin sounds too cool. I remember seeing a similar laser light show a few times at the planetarium with Pink Floyd.
What are y’all trying to do? Light your mouths on fire with a wintergreen breath mint?? Ok, this is getting bad
The planetarium is do much fun! The Zeppelin was cool but I also like the stars. I've always loved the stars. Apparently loreficent has some kind of sparks in the mouth trick that I haven't been able to replicate. Maybe it's a portland thing...
Yeah, looks like Friday now for rain. Just read the Clackamas County Fire is now 3% contained. 1 Million acres burned here. That’s a lot of trees and land. So, yesterday afternoon and this morning before I left I noticed a significant amount more birds in my yard. Like a lot more. I stopped after work tonight and got another feeder to put out. I have 2 and leave all my perennials that are going to seed for them as I love watching them in my garden (so do the kitties from the window!) but I think with all the birds being pushed out of the burning areas they are gonna need a little more support. I also read an article that despite the hazardous air quality, the Vaux Swifts have returned to PDX on their migration. That is a big festive deal here. There is a school with an old smoke stack that the Swifts roost in every night for a month or so. It is one of the most fascinating and beautiful things to watch! Folks bring picnics and dogs and kidS and sit on this hill and watch them swirl and swoop and dive. Then...this magical signal, heard or felt only by them happens and they make this almost tornado like formation and swirl above the stack and all of a sudden they go down in for the night. It really is a magical and fascinating sight. Audubon Society has counters there and for the past several years the numbers have grown to this astronomical amount of birds that cram into and roost in that smoke stack every night. I’ll see if I can find a video to post a link. It is totally worth watching. Anyway...they are here! So...life is going on and this is hopeful, yes? It brings me joy to hear about these things. The steady and dependable and surviving and thriving things that are happening. So good.
So do you wear a suit in the pool now with the cool water? And another Hurricane. Wow. Is Jackson still loving on his pelt? So adorable that visual. Dogs are so funny with their stinky things! That left over dinner sounds yummy!
Yes, the Vet said they are busier with lots of pets with symptoms form the poor air. AQI back up over 400 again. I also hope that going in with your fur babies at the Vet isn’t a thing of the past! I know they like us there with them and don’t understand. Poor things. Last time I took Calvin though I was last one of the day and the Vet came out and got me and brought me in the back door with him. I was happy about that. He is doing good! Maybe he will see 19. I’d sure love that as he is pretty special.
Those rains coming may have some lightening too, so, may be a mixed bag. Hopefully not. It’s supposed to have been in the upper 70’s low 80’s this past week but smoke has made it quite cool. The things you don’t think about till it is happening. Still got crickets going strong. Can’t sit out and listen or keep the window open at night though. I’m gonna put on an N95 and walk down to John at least. Will be good. Yeah, I heard that too about the equivalent to smoking but can’t find out how much time out there equates to how much.
Ok...you ladies have a fine night! I won’t smoke but am gonna walk some, so same thing to some unknown extent. Not nicotine though so am not gonna worry about it!
Ok, so here is a shorter video of the Swifts. It is really cool. Of course they gather for a couple of hours before and there is often a Coopers Hawk or Peregrine Falcon or two hanging around and that always riles the crowd. There are other videos of them catching a Swift or two, but who wants to see that? Anyway...check it out! Pretty cool and relaxing when you spend the evening there with a little picnic, bottle of Booch and just watch them gather and swirl... and eventually roost.
That's an awesome video of the swifts and the hawk and falcon. I love bird watching and in Toronto Ontario we have starlings that fly in swirls but I've never seen where they roost. That school chimney needs to be made an historical site so that it never gets torn down. It's great to see that type of magical majestic phenomenon. It's sad to see them leave as we know winter is on the horizon. Keep up the great job of NOPING every day and conquering your addiction. Life truly is better as a successful quitter.
"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013
Thank you Debbie!
Yes, the chimney is now dedicated for the Swifts. There was a project some years ago to build a new heating system for the school so this chimney has now “gone to the birds” as they say. The right thing to do in my opinion since we’ve destroyed their natural roosting sites of old growth stands. It’s quite a sight to see for sure.
While I have you...a huge thank you to you for sticking around for all of us newbies. You are a force to be reckoned with in your quit and bring so much inspiration and courage to this board. I gobble up everything you write when you pop on to lend a hand to folks as I find a lot of encouragement with your wisdom and down to earth advice. It is just great to have you folks some years out now stick around and hold your hands out to keep us going, and it is very much appreciated!
Here is an article that tells a bit about the renovation to keep the chimney a safe place for the Swifts.
Cheers to the NOPE!